World Intellectual Property Organization

Statistical Country Profile

Bahamas

Population (Million): 0.37 (2012) (Rank = 169)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2005 US$ (PPP)): 10.14 (2012) (Rank = 135)

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy
Year Patent Trademark Industrial Design GDP (Constant 2005 US$)
1998       8.23
1999       8.81
2000       9.18
2001       9.42
2002       9.67
2003       9.55
2004       9.64
2005       9.96
2006       10.21
2007       10.36
2008       10.12
2009       9.70
2010       9.79
2011       9.96
2012       10.14
Patent Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         13 58
1999         24 53
2000         27 54
2001         9 67
2002         26 63
2003         158 42
2004         57 59
2005         48 66
2006         68 58
2007         188 48
2008         120 57
2009         208 49
2010         142 54
2011         117 63
2012         124 62
Patent Applications by Top Fields of Technology (1998 - 2012)
Field of Technology Share
Furniture, games 15.97
Civil engineering 8.21
Digital communication 6.91
Pharmaceuticals 5.98
Control 4.46
Surface technology, coating 4.37
Other special machines 4.28
Handling 4.28
Machine tools 3.39
Environmental technology 3.35
Others 38.80
Patent Grants
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999         1 45
2000            
2001            
2002         1 58
2003         48 54
2004         12 65
2005         22 56
2006         16 60
2007         38 58
2008         67 53
2009         65 51
2010         69 53
2011         56 60
2012         72 56
Utility Model Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001            
2002         6 41
2003         10 39
2004         1 55
2005         1 60
2006         1 60
2007         1 67
2008            
2009         6 48
2010         3 56
2011         4 58
2012         2 72
Trademark Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         175 43
1999         229 42
2000         190 50
2001         585 46
2002         1,078 48
2003         1,851 45
2004         260 70
2005         221 74
2006         2,008 55
2007         2,245 59
2008         1,942 61
2009         1,168 67
2010         1,308 71
2011         2,124 63
2012         2,050 64
Trademark Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         38 53
1999         100 43
2000         73 51
2001         97 50
2002         150 60
2003         823 51
2004         189 67
2005         161 74
2006         1,831 53
2007         1,877 57
2008         2,013 58
2009         1,964 60
2010         1,438 68
2011         1,731 62
2012         1,857 61
Industrial Design Applications
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000         1 58
2001         17 55
2002         31 40
2003         209 36
2004         90 55
2005         194 46
2006         148 48
2007         43 70
2008         42 71
2009         142 53
2010         141 51
2011         116 63
2012         116 69
Industrial Design Registrations
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998            
1999            
2000            
2001         5 67
2002         14 47
2003         164 33
2004         138 46
2005         158 49
2006         164 46
2007         18 82
2008         68 64
2009         126 54
2010         122 53
2011         153 55
2012         120 62
International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties
Year PCT System Rank Madrid System Rank Hague System Rank
1998 14 43        
1999 22 42        
2000 14 47        
2001 22 46        
2002 17 50 1 60    
2003 16 53        
2004 21 51 3 64    
2005 31 47 3 69    
2006 19 54 5 68    
2007 39 47 3 71    
2008 30 50 4 71    
2009 26 52 3 75    
2010 20 57 5 73    
2011 9 71 11 59    
2012 13 68 6 70    
PCT Top Applicants (Publication Year = 2012)
Applicant Publication Rank
GBD CORP. 5 3329
XTRALIS TECHNOLOGIES LTD 3 5220
PHYTOMEDICS CORPORATION INC. 2 7182
G.M.B TRADE AND SERVICE LTD. 1 12086
THINKING TECHNOLOGY 1 12086
THINKING TECHNOLOGY INC. 1 12086
XTERRA IP HOLDINGS, LTD. 1 12086
PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)
Year Resident Rank Non-Resident Rank Abroad Rank
1998         11 41
1999         24 38
2000         22 41
2001         7 55
2002         23 47
2003         51 41
2004         19 56
2005         18 57
2006         39 51
2007         127 42
2008         66 50
2009         119 47
2010         122 48
2011         81 53
2012         77 55
Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated : 03/2014
The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from the PATSTAT database (for statistics by field of technology). Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
One filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.

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